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making news on this tuesday, august 31st. >> storm watch. a monster storm eyeing the entire east coast. but earl isn't the only concern for forecasters. also, border duty. the first wave of troops arrives to patrol the mexican border. is this the next job for the world's biggest military? and clemens in court. a case that could expose more of baseball's dirty laundry. and, good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us. >> i'm rob nelson. >> i'm mike marusa, in for vinita nair. hurricane earl is dangerous. but forecasters say it could become more powerful by tomorrow. >> right now, earl is located about 125 miles north of puerto rico. a slight change of the track could bring it close to the east
coast. emily schmidt reports. >> reporter: hurricane earl looks to be a labor day weekend traveler. a category 4 storm, headed for the caribbean now, straight for the u.s. >> people need to faye attention of what's going on in the next couple of days. >> reporter: earl sustained winds of 135 miles per hour over the weekend. the storm that's already more powerful than 85% of all hurricanes is expected to get stronger. >> the hilo is in the path. and british virgin islands are going to have a close approach from the eyewall of the hurricane, as it goes by them. >> reporter: it's fair warning for foul water conditions all along the u.s. east coast, already impacted by last weekend's hurricane danielle. >> we're advising people not to swim. >> gets a little scary out there. >> reporter: lifeguards from florida to new jersey have rescued hundreds of people trapped in deadly rip currents. in ocean city, maryland, one swimmer is missing.
another may be paralyzed. >> you can feel it pulling you back. then pulling you back into the ocean. >> reporter: now, one of summer's busiest beach weekends is just a few days away. and potentially, so is earl. >> you hate to lose a last weekend. >> reporter: earl's path is a big question mark. but fema is urging people from north carolina to new england, to prepare for potential evacuations. emily schmidt, abc news. now, on top of all that, forecasters are also watching tropical storm fiona. and yet, another weather system 0000000uld become gas tome. 0000000dinges of accuweather is 000000000s with more on the tropical weather. 00000000 a major hurricane. as it continues to pound the 00000000 shore of puerto rico. 00000000 to 18 feet across the northern shore of puerto rico. 000000tinues to track off to the 0000000nd west, impacting the 000000000tier of haiti and the 00000000n republic, before 00000000towards the bahamas.
by wednesday, the southeast 00000000 florida, feeling the impact of the storm. and could bring wind and rainy winds to the cape hatteras area. >> thank you for that. abc news has crews covering earl's every move. and sam champion, live in florida later today on "good morning america." u.s. authorities are looking into whether two men who are now under arrest in the netherlands are part of a terror plot. american and dutch law enforcement sources tell us that the men have already been charged with preparation of a terrorist attack. brian ross has this details. >> reporter: in custody in the netherlands, are two men, both natives of yemen, who lives in the u.s. legally. they started their flights in berming ham and memphis. flew to chicago o'hare. and changed plans right at o'hare. but sent their bags on to a separate flight. they flew to the nether lands. but the bags went on to dubai.
it's what was in the bags that concern authorities. people realize that al soofi had $7,000 in cash, bulky clothing. but in the bags, cell phones taped to a pepto-bismol bottle, a mock explosive. the fbi is saying three other cell phones taped together. watches taped together. box cutters. it's not clear why they shipped all these things in the bags. but it's raised serious concerns, especially with the approach of the september 11th anniversary. >> and brian ross also reports there were no explosives found in the men's luggage. a?k?ç?s?ll have more on the two arrests coming up later on "good ñorning america." nato says four u.s. troops were killed today by a roadside bomb in east afghanistan. it's been a particularly deadly period for u.s. troops. seven service members died in the similar part of the country from a similar explosion yesterday. president obama meets with soldiers at ft. bliss, texas,
before returning to the white house for a major address on iraq. yesterday, the president tackled the most pressing domestic issue. that's the slow economic recovery. the president scolded republicans in congress, for obstructing legislation that would help small businesses create jobs through tax cuts and additional loans. >> holding this bill hostage is directly detrimental to our economic growth. so, i ask senate republicans to drop the blockade. >> the president also promised new ideas in the coming weeks to generate more jobs. and you can join abc news for coverage of tonight's presidential speech on iraq. it will begin at 8:00 eastern time. mexican border checkpoints in california and arizona are getting a little stronger this morning, thanks to national guard troops. they moved into position in the san diego sector yesterday. they'll be there through next july. the troops are armed for self-defense. but they will call border patrol agents for hostile situations.
edgar valdez villareal has been captured in mexico. he allegedly helped distribute thousands of pounds of cocaine to the u.s. he is also suspected of leading one of mexico's major drug cartels. a flight returns to los angeles airport after hitting a bird last night. the faa says the bird struck the windshield. there was no damage and no one was hurt. bird strikes have increased significantly over the past few years. we're getting a look at some amazing, new images from the world's most famous ship wreck. an expedition surveying the "titanic" released the 3d images from the bottom of the atlantic. they include these. the atlantic storms forced the expedition to halt the work. but researchers expect to return to the site once the weather clears. and for the weather, let's take a look around the nation now. severe storms in the midwest,
stirring up gusty winds, hail and isolated tornadoes, from minneapolis to des moines, omaha and kansas city. showers and thunderstorms along the gulf coast. and around dallas, little rock, memphis and st. louis. thunderstorms also across new mexico and arizona. rain from washington state to montana. >> just 59 in seattle. and 67 in billings. 75 in fargo. 85 in the twin cities. and 90 in detroit. the heat wave continues in the northeast, with 92 in boston and 96 here in new york. >> it is still summer. >> feels like it, for sure. when we come back, roger clemens begins a court fight that could land him in prison. plus, during this turning point for the u.s. in iraq, we visit one baghdad neighborhood to see if life there is any better. national wonder. the biggest emerald ever found in the united states. for all
overseas stock markets are tumbling this morning, following a rough start to the week on wall street. investors are worried about more signs of slowing economic growth. the latest evidence is a report showing personal incomes rose the latest evidence is a report showing personal incomes rose less than expected last month. lower income generally leads to a decline in spending, which, of course, is essential to fuelling the recovery. and looking at the boards this morning. tokyo's nikkei average plunged more than 3.5% today. hong kong's hang seng is lower. in london, the ftse opened sharply lower.
and on wall street, the dow tumbled 141 points yesterday. the nasdaq, meanwhile, fell 33 points. buying more fuel-efficient cars and trucks could soon be much easier. the government is proposing the first major overhaul to those window stickers in three decades. one new label would include letter grades, much like you had in school, to reflect the overall fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. a redesigned sticker will be in showrooms with the 2012 model year. chrysler and fiat say they will bring the italian cars back to the u.s. in january. the fiat minicar will be the first of several models available. chrysler hopes to sell 50,000 of them in the first year, at 165 dealerships across the country. it's been a record-setting summer at the movies. hollywood still has a reason to be unhappy. ticket sales from the first weekend in may through labor day weekend should come in at $4.35
billion. that tops last summer. but that's largely due to higher ticket prices. actual attendance was the lowest in five years. >> the 3d movies. they were costing a few dollars more each ticket. that's what happens. >> especially for the glasses. coming up next on this tuesday, fidel castro gives us a rare interview. and talks about his brush with death. plus, a late summer tradition gets under way here in the big apple. thank you for calling usa prime credit. my name is...peggy. what is problem, please? peggy? sure...well...suddenly it looks like i'm being charged a $35 annual fee. yes? tell me it's a mistake. yes? are you saying yes or are you asking yes? yes? peggy? peggy? anncr: want better customer service? switch to discover. ranked #1 in customer loyalty. it pays to discover.
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and on i-80, from des moines to omaha. wet on i-10, on the gulf coast. and i-40, from dallas to little rock. and memphis. slick also on i-5, from seattle to portland. >> and if you're flying today, expect airport delays in seattle, minneapolis, kansas city, new orleans and miami. seattle, minneapolis, kansas city, new orleans and miami. as the white house readies the president's iraq speech for tonight, the vice president is in iraq. to mark the formal end of u.s. combat operations and change of command ceremony tomorrow in baghdad. >> as american involvement wounds down, we wonder what everyday life was like for iraqis, some seven years after the war started. dan harris went back to find out. >> reporter: we chose the intersection of two small baghdad back streets. let's start with this apartment building right here. in 2004, a huge carbomb went off. it was aimed at a church across the street. but it shattered the apartment building, with the hussein family inside.
we recently went to their rebuilt home. >> oh, my. >> reporter: and met their daughter, dima, who was blinded in one eye, and still needs more surgery. violence is way down since the bad days. at the height of the war in september of 2006, 3,389 iraqi civilians were killed. this month, 270. which is why we saw some hopeful signs on these two blocks, like this new building going up right here. and in the building across the street, this man named fadle, recently opened a pickle shop. but there are some serious problems with basic services. right here is a huge generator that provides power to local families who can afford to pay for it because the city power is so unreliable. before the war, people in baghdad had power 16 hours to 24 hours a day. now, it's about five hours a day. the system is to antiquated that there are live power lines
hanging alarmingly low over the sidewalks. we have the children here. we have the children here. if any of the children jumps up and touches the wire, they can be killed. yes, she says. they can be killed. another basic service they're lacking here, trash removal. here we are in a pretty wealthy neighborhood. why is it there's trash all over the place. local officials are lazy and local officials are lazy and careless, he says. by almost any measure, life on these two blocks and in all of baghdad, has improved vastly since the dark days of the sectarian madness. but people here are still so worried about their future that many of them asked us for help to move to america. to move to america. why do you want to leave here? >> it's no good. >> reporter: no good here? >> no good. >> reporter: why not? >> reporter: why not? she searches for a word to explain what's not good. and then, in arabic, she says, everything. everything? dan harris, abc news, baghdad. former cuban leader, fidel
castro, has given a rare interview, revealing the details of his illness. castro told a mexican newspaper that he was at death's door four years ago. the 84-year-old said he was so sick, that he would lie in bed and wonder just how long the torment would continue. castro admits he had dwindled down to just 145 pounds. but says now, he's back up to 190. roger clemens has entered his not guilty plea. and he'll go on trial next april, all for allegedly lying to congress. clemens the facing six counts, all stemming from his deny under oath, of using performance-enhancing drugs. he was released with no bail. after the hearing, clemens flew off to north carolina, where he played some golf. one of clemens' former teams is featured in our sports highlights this morning. but first, the start of the u.s. open. here's adnan virk with espn news. >> good morning. the u.s. open beginning on monday, with roger federer seeking his sixth u.s. open title. he was a finalist last year,
losing to juan martin pell potro. in the first round, after federer won the first set, 6-1, in the second set. don't forget, roger, last year had the miraculous shot between the legs against novak djokovic. well, check this one out. >> through the legs. >> he does it again. he does it again, everybody. hello. >> last year, when federer hit that shot, he said it was the best of his career. that's how you win 16 majors with ingenious play like at. unbelievable, as the fans enjoying it for good reason. dabul, just shaking his head. federer received almost a minute-long standing ovation after that shot. third set, federer serves for the match. elementary. aces dabul. he wins in straight sets. 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
we move to the yankees and the a's. bottom of the third. game highed at 3-3. mark teixeira at bat. taking trevor cahill for a ride. yankees up 4-3. next batter, robinson cano. having himself a stellar season. a line drive. i love that short porch. ka known's 26th of the year. 5-3. and two on for marcus thames. the yankees win this one. 11-5, was the final. they're tied atop the a.l. east, with the rays. back to you in new york. >> i taught federer that shot, by the way. >> did you? that's a dangerous shot. i hope it didn't take you many practice shots. >> i'm very good. a gigantic gem has been found on a north carolina farm. it's so big, it's being compared to the crown jewel of katherine the great. to the crown jewel of katherine the great. >> this is how big. 65 carats worth. the emerald, the largest found
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you gave her money because she said she had cancer. the police said it was a hoax. dina leone will face punishment today. we take you on the cheap. but are you a gambler because earl can ruin our plans. we're watching this on the last day of august. welcome, i'm jamie costello. >> megan pringle has the day off. justin berk with the whereabouts of earl. what is coming? >> we look at the headlines. first off, we have our heat wave. hi there. good to see you. not good to show you what is on the maps. we're 51 days in the 90s or hotter this summer. one of the hottest summers on record. down to 67. humidity not that bad, allowing
our temperatures to cool off. the longer nights allow that as well. there may be some patchy fog in some locations but overall we have the hour by hour forecast with another sunny one and high theed the 2-degree guaranteeed two of 95. 90s all week long but then we're watching hurricane earl. the latest on that in a few minutes. let's check the roads with kim. owings mills, 795, the off-ramp to owings mills boulevard, there's a disabled vehicle where the exit splits to the eastbound or westbound, that could cause minor delays at this time. we're looking pretty good around the area, no problems up and down our drive times either. northbound 95, nine minutes from route 100 to 395. on the outer loop of the beltway, southwest corner looking good between i-70 and 95. back to you.